Any grip who’s ever worked on a movie in New York will tell you that the title “Fun City” plants its tongue so deeply in its cheek that it’s likely to come out an ear. Despite being a difficult place to shoot a movie, because New York is full of New Yorkers, some of the most iconic moments in the history of cinema can be traced back to it.
This book shows how the grit and pain of the city that won’t bloody sleep contrasts so heavily with its sparkly allure that draws in, then subsequently grinds up many a midwestern dreamer. It shows the billboard New York, which doesn’t smell like a latrine, then the real one, which certainly does, and somehow finds another facet, which is the movie New York. A weird chimera of both.